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✨✧ Phil UpchurchPhil Upchurch ... CD
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the sweetest fusion sets ever recorded from guitarist Phil Upchurch – a set that's less trippy than his earlier albums, but one that more than makes up for that with a tightly soulful groove! Production is by John Tropea and George Benson – and you can definitely hear their touches here – giving Upchurch a strong sense of focus, yet still allowing plenty of room for those cool sounds and odd lines on his guitar. Arrangements are great throughout – partly handled by Leon Pendarvis, who also plays keyboards on the record with Richard Tee – and augmented by string and flute backings from Deodato. Titles include a great take on "Strawberry Letter 23" – plus "Free", "Good Times", "Church Street Station", "It's Almost Five", "Foolin Around", and "Cyrenna". CD
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✨✧ Phil UpchurchDolphin Dance ... CD
King (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful trio session from guitarist Phil Upchurch – a real back-to-basics session that's quite different than Phil's smooth jazz of the 70s, and his mixture of soul and funk in the 60s! The style here is more like a classic guitar jazz album from years back – with Phil on guitar, John Clayton on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums – and the whole affair was recorded live to tape, without any overdubs – in a mode that's definitely classic, although with a few more contemporary production touches. Phil's got a mighty deep tone on his guitar, with loads of excellent single-line solo passages – and titles include "Dolphin Dance", "Blues For Paul", "All Blues", "Love For Sale", and "Sister Sadie". CD
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✨✧ Harvey MasonFunk In A Mason Jar (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth soulful jazz from Harvey Mason – one of his strong 70s winners for the Arista album, and a record that really brings a new level of class to his sound! There's less of the grit in the grooves than you might expect from the down-home reference of the title – and in a way, the record's a similar shift to well-produced R&B as Michael Henderson or Norman Connor's work from the same time – a soaring, fluid groove that's still supported by solid jazz instrumentation, but which also has a nice dose of soul in the mix! Players here are a real all-star lineup – with talents that include Dorothy Ashby, George Benson, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, and Phil Upchurch – and most cuts have vocals, by The Waters and others. But possibly best of all is the production – which is by Harvey, and really wonderful – sophisticated and smooth, but never slick – a really careful balance that really puts him right up there with Norman Connors or Roy Ayers! Titles include "Pack Up Your Bags", "Till You Take My Love", "Funk In A Mason Jar", "What's Going On", "Set It Free", "Space Cadets" and "Freedom Either Way". CD features bonus single mixes of "Pack Up Your Bags" and "Till You Take My Love". CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisThem Changes ... CD
Cadet/Elemental (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the hardest-hitting electric sets ever cut by Ramsey Lewis – a live performance from the start of the 70s, done with a really gritty groove! Ramsey's on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – the former of which is played with even more forces than on his Cadet studio recordings – heard here in small group formation, without any added studio backings – just the guitar of Phil Upchurch, the bass of Cleveland Eaton, and the drums of Morris Jennings. The tracks are a bit longer than usual for Ramsey on Cadet too – and often hit these down-n-dirty modes that are similar to turn of the 70s work by Les McCann or Junior Mance. Tracks include "Do Whatever Sets You Free", "Them Changes", "Unsilent Majority", "Something", and "See The End From the Beginning". CD
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TrammpsTrammps III (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $11.99
The record's so hot, it set fire to the model's shoulder on the cover – and for good reason, too – given the strengths of the Trammps on the Philly Groove scene of the 70s! Many acts tried to copy their sound, but few did it this well – a legendary Philly group who were first out of the gate with the new club style of the 70s – a perfect blend older east coast harmonies and all the best instrumentation that Sigma Sound had to offer – work by the core quintet of Earl Young, Harold Wade, Robert Upchurch, Jimmy Ellis, and Stanley Wade – but a true collaborative effort between wonderful musicians, the production team of Baker Harris & Young, and even master mixer Tom Mouton. There's plenty of great groovers in a Philly disco mode – but our favorite track is the mellowest – "Seasons For Girls", which is a beautiful smooth mellow stepper, one that runs for 8 minutes long, with some excellent harmony vocals. Other titles are great, and include "Love Per Hour", "The Night The Lights Went Out", "People Of The World, Rise", and "Living The Life". CD features two bonus tracks – single versions of "The Night The Lights Went Out" and "Seasons For Girls". CD

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